PATRICE EVRA has incredibly claimed Edouard Mendy's Lev Yashin Trophy snub was racially motivated.
The Manchester United legend, 40, slammed the Ballon d'Or ceremony which saw Paris Saint-Germain and Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma win the best goalkeeper award ahead of the Chelsea star.
Evra appears to have suggested the decision not to give it to Champions League winner and Senegal international Mendy was in some way related to his race.
Evra said on Instagram: "Also the goalkeeper… what about Edouard Mendy? You know, but of course, African Cup, we are the monkeys so no one respects this competition.
"We are the only competition where you have to leave your club, leave for three weeks and play that cup because in Africa we always have a little space.
"But things will change, things will change."
Mendy finished second behind Donnarumma, with Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak in third.
Evra, who was born in Senegal, went on to represent France at national team level.
By contrast, Mendy was born in France but made the decision to represent Senegal.
The Chelsea shot-stopper has been capped 16 times by Senegal and recently helped his country finish top of their World Cup qualifying group above Togo, Namibia and Congo.
He will likely be the No 1 for Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations campaign in January.
But it is at club level where he has stood out over the last 12 months.
Chelsea conceded just four goals on their way to Champions League glory under German coach Thomas Tuchel – who took over from Frank Lampard in January.
And Mendy was also integral in helping Chelsea go from mid-table obscurity to finishing in the top four.
But it was Donnarumma who scooped the Yashin Trophy after helping AC Milan to second in Serie A.
He then also played a major role in Italy's Euro 2020 triumph, saving Bukayo Saka's decisive penalty in the final shoot-out.
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